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Gilding

Gilding
Gilding is a decorative technique for applying a very thin coating of gold to solid surfaces such as metal (most common), wood, porcelain, or stone. A gilded object is also described as "gilt". Methods of gilding include hand application and gluing, typically of gold leaf, chemical gilding, and electroplating, the also called gold plating.

Gilding gives an object a gold appearance at a fraction of the cost of creating a solid gold object. In addition, a solid gold piece would often be too soft or too heavy for practical use. A gilt surface also does not tarnish as silver does.
The gilder takes incredibly thin leaves of precious metal and adorns a surface with them. In antiquity these leaves were made by a gold beater hammering sheets of metal, sucha as gold and silver, into extremely thin leaves.

Gesso type Bologna (matte plaster of gilding), for preparation of gilding, canvases, stuccoes and gessos. 1Kg container.

Traditional glue used in the preparation of Gesso and glues used for gilding with gold / silver leaves.
Shredded rabbit tail, sold by units of 1Kg.

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